WSR 04-04-109



[ Filed February 4, 2004, 11:18 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: WAC 357-10-005 Definitions, 357-10-010 Classification plan -- Framework and general direction, and 357-10-020 Classification plan -- Implementation -- Appeal.

Purpose: To implement the provisions of RCW 41.06136 [41.06.136] and 41.06.139.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 41.06 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 41.06.150.

Summary: These rules are a result of the passage of SHB 1268 during 2003 legislative session. RCW 41.06.136 and 41.06.139, as adopted under SHB 1268, require the board to adopt rules regarding the framework of the new classification plan for state employees and provide an appeal right of the classification plan.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Sharon Whitehead, 521 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA, (360) 664-6348; Implementation and Enforcement: Department of Personnel.

Name of Proponent: Department of Personnel, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: WAC 357-10-005, gives definitions that should be applied for this chapter of rules.

WAC 357-10-010, develops the framework for the classification plan, which will be adopted by the director.

WAC 357-10-020, provides employees the right to appeal the classification plan adopted by the director if they feel it does not adhere to the criteria listed in WAC 357-10-010.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not required.

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption.

Hearing Location: Department of Personnel, 521 Capitol Way South, Olympia, WA, on March 11, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Department of Personnel by March 5, 2004, TDD (360) 753-4107 or (360) 586-8260.

Submit Written Comments to: Sharon Whitehead, Department of Personnel, P.O. Box 47500, fax (360) 586-4694, by March 5, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: March 11, 2004.

February 3, 2004

E. C. Matt


WAC 357-10-005   Definitions.   The following definitions apply to the rules in chapter 357-10 WAC:

(1) Board is the Washington personnel resources board.

(2) Class is the level of work within an occupational category.

(3) Director is the director of department of personnel.

(4) Employee is a person working in the classified service who is subject to chapter 41.06 RCW and the civil service rules as codified in Title 357 WAC.

(5) Employer is a state agency or higher education institution or related board.

(6) Occupational category is a grouping of job functions having similar purpose and knowledge requirements.

(7) Position is a group of duties and responsibilities to be performed by an employee. A position may be filled or vacant and full time or part time.


WAC 357-10-010   Classification plan -- Framework and general direction.   (1) Beginning January 1, 2005, the director must implement a comprehensive classification plan. The plan must support state government's efforts to deliver effective and efficient services to the citizens of the state. To achieve this goal, the classification plan, and any modifications to it, shall be designed in accordance with the following guiding criteria:

(a) The plan shall be modern, simple, and streamlined, with the number of job classifications and administrative processes kept to a reasonable minimum;

(b) It must be flexible and able to quickly respond to a dynamic workplace and workforce, changing technologies, varying economic and social conditions, and citizen needs;

(c) It must facilitate the reorganization and decentralization of government services;

(d) It must enhance employee mobility and career advancement opportunities; and,

(e) It must support the value state government places on workplace diversity.

(2) The plan shall be prepared in consultation with employers, employee organizations, and other interested parties. Following twenty calendar days' notice, the director shall hold open public hearings prior to adoption or revision of the plan.

(3) Subsequent revisions to the classification plan that are initiated by the director, employers, employees, and/or employee organizations must adhere to the guiding criteria listed in subsection (1), and any other provisions adopted by the director.


WAC 357-10-020   Classification plan -- Implementation -- Appeal.   Any employee who believes that the new comprehensive classification plan adopted by the director does not adhere to the guiding criteria listed in WAC 357-10-010 may appeal to the board by filing written notice within thirty calendar days of notification of the director's action. The board's decision is final and not subject to further appeal.


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